Jimmie Johnson’s record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title should help his under-appreciated cards


Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson.

Those are the three most-successful drivers in NASCAR history when it comes to season championships and Johnson joined the other legends on Sunday when he won his seventh Sprint Cup at age 41.

Simply put, he’s easily the best driver of the here and now — and his cardboard is among the most-overlooked when it comes to value vs. performance. There are others who have done far less who sell just as well or better.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Ford will pay tribute to legendary grandfather

Jeffrey-EarnhardtWhen Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the track at Darlington in September, he’ll be driving the No. 32 ford with a paint scheme that long-time Earnhardt fans should recognize.

Dale Earnhardt fans, that is.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Prizm NASCAR cards

 2016 Panini Prizm NASCAR cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics:  One autograph and two memorabilia cards per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: NASCAR trading cards are back for the first time since 2014 with the first of four Panini America releases this year — and this one starts off with a dazzling array of inserts and a Prizm rainbow perfect for auto racing.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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eBay Buzz: It’s just a Dale Earnhardt show car … but it can be yours

earnhardtIt was 15 years ago today that the NASCAR world changed dramatically as its biggest star died during the last lap of its biggest race.

Dale Earnhardt‘s final Daytona 500 was one that put the spotlight of both the media and collectors on the racing ranks like never before as The Intimidator’s life and his famous No. 3 Chevy were celebrated for all they had accomplished.

Countless diecasts, trading cards and other items were scooped up by collectors and new fans like never before back then. Today? The legend is still strong though the collectibles world has changed dramatically.

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Iconic Sports Illustrated covers can be quite collectable & sometimes quite valuable, too (gallery)

SIcoverWillSmithIf you’ve watched any NFL games this season, you’ve likely heard the word “concussion” many times as the league has implemented new tests on players to help prevent future problems by assessing the here and now immediately following a hard hit.

On Christmas Day, a film about the issue of concussions in football called Concussion opens in theaters. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the film during NFL games.

Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It’s a real-life issue that has affected more than 80 former players — many you’ve seen on football cards and might have collected. The movie is an important one and Sports Illustrated has Smith on its cover this week to discuss the movie.

Is it the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover of the highly collectable sports magazine?

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